Mayor Bistek told: Stop demolitions

A MILITANT lawmaker yesterday condemned yesterday’s violent demolition of an urban poor community in Sitio San Roque (North Triangle), Barangay Pag-asa, Quezon City.

Anakpawis Partylist Rep. Rafael Mariano the behavior of the affected residents was understandable since they “are only defending their dwellings.”

“Affected residents of Sitio San Roque were not consulted and excluded in the planning process of the QC-CBD project since the former Arroyo administration authorized it in 2002 through Executive Order 106,” Mariano said.

He challenged Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista to “stop the violent demolitions in Quezon City,” saying that “the city had become notorious for successive violent and indiscriminate demolitions of urban poor communities directly authorized by the Office of the Mayor.”

“Up to now, the local government has no definite plan on the compensation, relocation and assistance to the affected residents who will be displaced from their homes and sources of livelihood,” Mariano said.

The demolition started early morning yesterday when teams from the Quezon City local government and the National Housing Authority (NHA) started to dismantle the homes of San Roque residents as part of clearing operations for the World Bank-assisted Quezon City Business Central District (QC-CBD) project.

The 250-hectare QC-CBD mixed land use project will result to massive demolition and displacement of least 16,000 families in the North and East Triangles.

It will also affect the Veterans Memorial Medical Center and various government offices in the area. D’Jay Lazaro

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